Welcome to the Blog of Monsignor Michael T. McCulken, our Pastor. 
These posts are mainly comprised of weekly bulletin messages from Monsignor. 
God Bless You!

Remembrance

Dear Friends, Happy Memorial Day weekend! Of course, this is considered the unofficial start of summer vacation even though school and many activities continue into June. It is most importantly a day of profound remembrance. We recall the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of all those who gave their lives in defense of our country and of freedom around the world. We give thanks to God for them, we pray for the repose of their souls and for the comfort of their families. We can never afford to forget the price paid for freedom in the past and in the present. On Monday at our 9 am Mass, we will have a special Memorial Day celebration. After the Mass, we will offer additional prayers for all

Remain in My Love

Dear Friends, “…everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.” How pleasantly surprised I was when I saw the above words in our second reading for this weekend. I had just used these same words in Grade 8 to help answer a question I had received from a student ~ “What do you think love is?” I also read to them from Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he eloquently and poetically speaks of all the qualities of true love. I noted that the qualities Paul highlights about love ~ patient, kind,

Change and Joy

Dear Friends, Our priests, deacons and staff offer prayers and greetings to all Mothers today! Our gratitude and love for our Mothers for all of their sacrifices is something to be expressed every day of the year. However, it is a wonderful opportunity to dedicate one Sunday in May for this expressed purpose. God bless you all! In our first reading, we hear about the election of Matthias to take the place of Judas Iscariot. The criteria was that he had to be someone who was with Jesus throughout His public ministry and up to His Ascension into heaven. The purpose for electing was so that he would be a witness to the resurrection. This weekend, at the Seminary, seven men were ordained as

Giving Hope to All

Dear Friends, Super Bowl 2018 has arrived. Our hometown Eagles are there! While it is true, God doesn’t play favorites ~ He loves each and every one of us with an everlasting love ~ we are certainly praying, hoping and rooting for our Eagles to soar by going all the way in Minneapolis. Go Eagles! Hard to believe that we are in February, already. February 3 is the feast of Saint Blaise and so we will bless throats at the end of all the Masses. Don’t forget our Italian Dinner Night on Saturday, February 10. On that weekend, at all the Masses, we will give a special blessing to all our married couples. Ash Wednesday is February 14. Yes, and that is not a typo. It is a day of fast and a

Our Lenten Journey Begins

Dear Friends, Our Lenten journey to Easter has begun. Having received the ashes, a sign of our need to repent, we cling to the Cross of Jesus Christ by which we are redeemed, forgiven, healed and set free. While the length of this holy season may seem daunting, I suggest that we break it down into more manageable segments. Perhaps we take a different focus for each of the weeks of Lent, engaging in different aspects of fasting, abstinence, almsgiving. There is a plethora of aids both digital and in print that can help us on this journey. Whichever one appeals to us is the one we should engage. They can offer an insight, a meditation, a thought for the day that inspires and even help tra

What Do You Respect?

Here we are the Third Sunday of Lent. Our reading from Saint Paul this weekend focuses right into the core of this Holy Season. We all like to have signs; we all appreciate wisdom. This world of ours tries to allure us with both, often not life giving. Saint Paul though states unequivocally, “we proclaim Christ crucified … Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” It is Jesus who is the anointed, the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God in the Flesh who redeems and saves us from sin and from death. For those of you who chose to follow the Best Lent Ever internet program from Matthew Kelly, did you catch his sharing this past Monday on how our culture respects success? Admiring

Jesus is the One

Dear Friends, “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” These words are the words of Jesus from our Gospel this weekend. There are several striking elements in these profound words of Jesus for our reflection this week leading up to Palm Sunday. First, Jesus expresses aloud His human emotion, His state of mind. He is exhibiting a very natural human response to what He is preparing to do. This affirms to us His sharing in our humanity, in our human weaknesses. And yet, as Jesus goes on, rath

Mercy and Love

Dear Friends, “God, who is rich in MERCY, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ… For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.” What beautiful and comforting words from Saint Paul in our second reading. We have hope and are people of confidence not because of anything we have done or might do but because of God’s MERCY to us sinners. But how does God show forth His mercy? How does He make it visible to us? He does so in and through His only Son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ own words, “For God so loved the world that he

Discipleship

Dear Friends, We rejoice in the ordination of six men to the priesthood this weekend for our Archdiocese. These men will begin their first assignments as newly ordained priests on June 18. Please pray for them as they strive to surrender to the Father’s will, be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and share the Gospel with all they will serve. What a great weekend for ordination as we celebrate the awesome feast of Pentecost! Are you waiting for a Pentecost experience? In other words, are you looking for the physical happenings of a strong, driving wind, tongues of fire, speech in other languages? Perhaps we think that the power of the Holy Spirit coming down at Pentecost is the only w

Christian Family

Dear Friends, As I write this, I am attending our annual priests workshop. Father Moriconi and Monsignor Murray went the week before. It’s focus is on Marriage and Christian Family Life. The topic is most timely and vitally important. It flows from the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. I know there will be much to share from these days in the months ahead. The joy of living our lives, the joy of living married life and family in harmony with God’s commandments and the millennia long tradition of Church teaching is very awesome. After all, our teaching comes from God and from the very plan of God which He placed into creation itself. Living in harmony with

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